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Ensuring Compliance with Part 3 (Large Buildings) of the National Building Code

Online /
May 3 - 4, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0125-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10 am to 1:45pm daily Eastern Time (3.5 hrs per day and includes a short 15 minute break each day)

Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the 2015 National Building Code to the course.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop valuable knowledge on key parts and interpretation of the National Building Code 2015 related to Part 3 Large Buildings
  • Discover key elements for use of the National Building Code
  • Find out how the objective based codes can work to your advantage and save thousands of dollars
  • Comply with rules of construction in future preventing litigation, reducing risk of costly building

The National Building Code 2015 is divided into a number of parts dealing with the size and the use of the building as well as parts dealing with various specialty fields involved in the design of building elements (e.g. Combustible/Non-combustible construction, Barrier free). This course is focused on how to use the 2015 National Building Code. It is of a general nature and will teach you and familiarize you with finding the pertinent section dealing with the subject matter. It specifically deals with assembly, high hazard, care and detention occupancies as well as those buildings greater than 3 stories or 600 m2.

This is an interactive course where you are working with the code as well as the instructor with real examples. Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the 2015 National Building Code to the course.

Course Outline:

  • Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility
  • Combustible Construction
  • Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy
  • Fire Alarm and Detection
  • Additional Requirements for High Buildings
  • Emergency Lighting and Power Supply
  • Exit Requirements
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Health Requirements

Who Should Attend
Building code, Architectural and Engineering Consultants • Home Inspectors • Designers • Developers • Building Officials • Individuals who are required to achieve compliance

Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the 2015 National Building Code to the course. More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Daily Schedule:
10:00 Session begins
1:45 Adjournment

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

A brief description of the Design of Building Code

Volume One

Division A

  • Part 1 Compliance Objectives
  • Part 2 Objectives
  • Part 3 Functional Statements

Division C

  • Part 1 General
  • Part 2 Administrative Provisions

Volume Two

Division B

    Part 1 General

    • General
    • Terms and abbreviations
    • References documents

    Part 2 Reserved

Part 3 Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility

  • Fire protection through compartmentalization, sprinkler system
  • Classification of buildings
  • Major occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy and fire protection requirements

Combustible/Non-combustible construction

  • Foamed plastic
  • Fire resistance rating
  • Fire separations
  • Closures
  • Fire walls
  • Fire stopping
  • Flame spread rating
  • Roof assemblies
  • Occupant load
  • Building fire safety

Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy

  • Building classification
  • Number of streets
  • Sprinkler vs non sprinkler
  • Sprinkler in lieu of roof rating
  • Spatial separation and exposure to fire
  • Exposure protection
  • Number size of unprotected openings
  • Limiting distance

Fire Alarm and Detection

  • Fire alarm
  • Types of fire alarms
  • Sprinklers in lieu of fire detectors
  • Voice communications

Provisions for Fire Fighting

  • Access to basements, access to fire routes
  • Water supply
  • Sprinkler systems

Additional Requirements for High Buildings

  • Limits to smoke
  • Fire fighters elevator
  • Smoke venting
  • Stand pipe system requirements
  • Pressurization

Emergency Lighting and Power Supply

  • Main lighting levels
  • Emergency power supply


  • Openings through rated floor assembly
  • Exit requirements from mezzanine
  • Interconnected floors
  • Smoke control

Safety within Floor Areas

  • Separations of suites
  • Hazardous area
  • Public corridors
  • Number of exits
  • Assembly occupancy
  • Care
  • Detention occupancy

Exit Requirements

  • In a sprinkled area
  • In unsprinklered area
  • Travel distances
  • Height and width of exit
  • Protection -fire compartmentation
  • What type of glass- G.W. or tempered
  • Number of exits

Vertical Transportation

  • Elevator requirements
  • Fire separations
  • Linen and refuse chutes
  • Fire separation make up
  • Service facilities

Health Requirements

  • Room sizes
  • Size of windows
  • Windows protection in apartment buildings
  • How to calculate the number of plumbing fixtures in different types of buildings

Care and Detention

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Residential occupancies


  • How to calculate the number of plumbing fixtures in different types of buildings
  • Nova Scotia adopts the National Plumbing Code of Canada

Barrier-Free Design

  • Path of travel
  • Occupancy requirements
  • Design standards
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Ramps

Tents and Air Supported Structures 3.1.6 & 4.4.1.

  • Spatial separation
  • Clearances to surrounding
  • Flammable materials
  • Structural requirements
  • Back up emergency power
  • Professional design (see 4.4.1)

Part B4 Structural Design Overview

  • Design requirements
  • Building higher buildings
  • Loading live and dead load
  • Use and occupancy
  • Wind loads
  • Live loads due to earthquakes
  • Foundations
  • Excavations
  • Signs

Part B5 Wind, Water and Vapour Protection (Environmental Separation)

  • Separation of environment
  • Environmental loss
  • Heat transfer
  • Air leakage
  • Precipitation
  • Surface water
  • Moisture in the ground
  • Prevent Mould

Part B6 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Overview

  • Design and installation (planning)
  • Air duct design system
  • Supply, return air, exhaust air system

Part 7 National Plumbing Code

  • Plumbing facilities

Part 8 Safety Measures at Demolition and Construction Sites

  • General
  • Protection of the public

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Summary and Final Adjournment


Albert Peach, CBCO, CRBO, CET, MAATO

Albert J Peach has over 30 years of Code enforcement and interpretation coupled with in excess of a decade of teaching Code specific courses to Building Officials, engineers, architects and designers.


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Fee & Credits

$595 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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